Mika Brzezinski Under Fire for Using Homophobic Slur to Describe Mike Pompeo

Mika missing at Morning Joe after calling Pompeo ‘a wannabe dictator’s butt boy

"Photographer and writer G.E. Anderson tweeted, "[email protected] just asked if Mike Pompeo is a 'wannabe dictator's butt boy, ' as homophobic a term as I've heard on national morning television.

Brzezinski apologized for the comment on Twitter saying that she didn't mean it as a homophobic slur. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., who described Trump's motivation to ignore the inculpatory evidence against the crown prince as financially based.

One day after she made a homophobic slur on the air, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski was missing from the "Morning Joe" set Thursday, though co-host Joe Scarborough said her absence was due to a "long-standing family event". I'm dead serious, I'm asking: "are these the words of a patriot?"

"If it was a Conservative that said what "crazed" Mika Brzezinski stated on her show yesterday, using a certain awful term, that person would be banned permanently from television", Trump tweeted.

"But please allow me to say this face to face: The term is crass and offensive and I apologize to everyone, especially the LGBTQ community, and to my colleagues, for using it".

"Trump added on Twitter, ".She will probably be given a pass, despite their awful ratings.

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The host was quickly met with accusations of homophobia and told her word choice implicated homosexuality as equivalent to Pompeo's support of the crown prince's authoritarianism. "Sexualizing gay people this way is created to control them & minimize our worth". Saudi Arabia's foreign minister called it a "rogue operation".

It's not the first time Trump has taken shots directly at Brzezinski.

"I should have said "water boy"... like for football teams or something like that".

"I understand that Donald Trump doesn't care", she said.

Donald Trump, Jr., called out the double standard of MSNBC's lack of response to date in contrast to the recent Oscar controversy, tweeting out: "This is disgusting!"

Brzezinski immediately went on to issue an apology for the remarks.

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